Target: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
Goal: Pass anti-surveillance bill into law
Brazil’s lower congress has recently passed a bill guaranteeing citizens’ right to privacy and freedom of expression on the internet. It also guarantees internet neutrality, restricting selective control and monitoring by corporations and holding them liable to prosecution if breached. The proposal is the first of its kind, a sort of bill of rights for internet users in Brazil.
The bill, which now requires approval from the senate and president, will prevent service providers from favoring particular websites for commercial gain. It also states that any entity storing the data of any Brazilian will comply with the privacy laws regardless of where the servers are located. Noncompliance could result in court litigation or fines.
In light of the recent Edward Snowden disclosures concerning mass international surveillance, Brazilian congress has decided to resurrect the bill, which has been postponed several times in the past three years. If passed, the bill could set precedence for discussions concerning the jurisdiction of metadata surveillance capabilities. The country will also be hosting a global conference on the future of international internet privacy this year.
If passed, Brazil’s new internet privacy law will take a positive stand against the widespread mass surveillance being conducted by government agencies and corporations. The law would not only guarantee privacy, net neutrality, and freedom of online expression to Brazilian citizens, but set an example that other countries may follow. Support the right to privacy from mass online surveillance by urging Brazil’s president to pass the bill into law immediately.
Dear Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil,
Recently, Brazilian parliament proposed a bill that would protect its citizens against mass surveillance conducted by government organizations and corporations. It would also safeguard internet neutrality, preventing companies from providing better service to certain customers in the interest of commercial gain. It aims to uphold the right to freedom of speech online for all Brazilian citizens.
The bill now only requires presidential and congressional approval before becoming the first national bill of internet rights.
The bill could open international discussion on jurisdictional disputes over data surveillance capabilities, and set a positive example for other countries that may follow suit with online privacy laws. I commend your efforts to lead discussion in internet privacy debates worldwide, and urge the approval of the proposed bill.
[Your Name Here]
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